Students on a school bus to Hunters Point Boarding School in St. Michaels, Arizona, one of 180 schools managed by the federal Bureau of Indian Education. BIE-run schools have consistently let down their Native students. (Mark Henle/Arizona Republic)
Posted in Analysis Education First Nations First Peoples News Pro Publica

The federal government gives native students an inadequate education, and gets away with it

The Bureau of Indian Education has repeatedly neglected warnings that it is not providing a quality education for 46,000 Native students. Once called a “stain on our Nation’s history,” the school system has let down its…

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Posted in Immigration Investigations News Pro Publica

After a year of investigation, the Border Patrol has little to say about agents’ misogynistic and racist Facebook group

The Border Patrol vowed a full accounting after ProPublica revealed hateful posts in the private Facebook group. Now congressional investigators say the agency is blocking them and revealing little about its internal investigation. by A.C. Thompson…

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Posted in Analysis Environment Pro Publica

What happened when a public institute became a de facto lobbying arm of the timber industry

Internal emails show a tax-funded agency created to educate people about forestry has acted as a public-relations agency and lobbying arm for Oregon’s timber industry, in some cases skirting legal constraints that forbid it from doing…

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A father, left, and his son, who was detained in an American hotel and faced expulsion to Honduras. (Carolina Guerrero for ProPublica and The Texas Tribune)
Posted in Asylum Deportation ICE Pro Publica

Her rapist threatened to make her “disappear.” Instead of asylum, ICE put her in a hotel and sent her back.

Thousands of migrant children — including babies — have been expelled by the Trump administration since March. Some have been held in hotels without access to lawyers or family. Advocates say many are now “virtually impossible”…

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Posted in Community Journalism Investigations Journalism News Pro Publica

Journalists of Color: Apply for ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program

Are you a college student of color interested in doing great journalism? ProPublica wants to help. Apply for our Emerging Reporters Program by Aug. 20. by ProPublica July 30 What is ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program? The…

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Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland, Oregon, on Monday night. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Posted in Black Lives Matter News Pro Publica

Portland protesters no longer being banned from attending protests to win release from jail

After a ProPublica report, federal prosecutors and defenders made a joint request to the court that the practice be stopped. by Dara Lind July 30, 1:20 p.m. MST Federal defenders and prosecutors in Portland, Oregon, have…

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Did you pay to use TurboTax? How to help hold the tax prep industry accountable.

Readers have helped us figure out exactly how TurboTax maker Intuit and other companies make money off taxpayers. We want to hear more. by Ariana Tobin, Justin Elliott, and Meg Marco May 14, 2:40 p.m. EDT…

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Have You worked at Intuit or another tax prep company?

Know something about TurboTax? We’d like to hear from you. by Justin Elliott and Ariana Tobin April 29, 5 a.m. EDT Over the past several months, we’ve reported on the ways Intuit has made its TurboTax…

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Rain from Hurricane Hanna left a large trail of soil erosion beneath and around the privately funded border wall in South Texas. (James Hord for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Border Wall News Pro Publica

A privately funded border wall was already at risk of collapsing if not fixed. Hurricane Hanna made It worse.

Hurricane Hanna dumped torrential rainfall on a border wall that Trump supporters built, leaving gaping holes and waist-deep cracks on the banks of the Rio Grande that threaten the wall’s long-term stability. by Perla Trevizo and…

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An Oportun storefront in Austin, Texas. The company announced on Tuesday that it would drop all the lawsuits it has filed against borrowers who fell behind on payments, including during the pandemic. (Allie Goulding/The Texas Tribune)
Posted in Coronavirus Credit Debt Pro Publica

They sued thousands of borrowers during the pandemic — Until we started asking questions

Months into the pandemic, a lender that markets to Latino immigrants continued to sue borrowers after they lost jobs and missed payments. But they reversed course when we started asking questions. by Kiah Collier and Ren…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Civil Rights Justice News Pro Publica

“Defendant shall not attend protests”: In Portland, getting out of jail requires relinquishing Constitutional Rights

A dozen protesters facing federal charges are barred from going to “public gatherings” as a condition of release from jail — a tactic one expert described as “sort of hilariously unconstitutional.” by Dara Lind July 28,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Evictions News Pro Publica

The eviction ban worked, but it’s almost over. Some landlords are getting ready.

The CARES Act was largely successful in keeping millions of American renters from facing eviction during the pandemic. As protections fade, some landlords are gearing up to return to court. by Jeff Ernsthausen and Ellis Simani …

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Posted in News Pro Publica Race for the White House 2020

The Trump campaign’s legal strategy includes suing a tiny TV station in Northern Wisconsin

The president’s reelection campaign has paid millions to law firms filing defamation suits against news organizations. Media law experts say the lawsuits are doomed, but Trump could still get what he wants. by Meg Cramer and…

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Posted in Immigration News Pro Publica

House passes NO BAN Act

“Victory!” “Significant rebuke” to Trump’s anti-immigrant administration  by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Wednesday, July 22 The U.S. House on Tuesday passed the NO BAN Act to stop President Donald Trump’s xenophobic travel restrictions, delivering what the…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica Public Health

How to understand COVID-19 numbers

Viewed in isolation or presented without context, coronavirus numbers don’t always give an accurate picture of how the pandemic is being handled. Here, ProPublica journalists Caroline Chen and Ash Ngu offer insight on how to navigate…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Pro Publica

Thousands of small business owners have not gotten disaster loans the government promised them

A top official said 99% of funds were paid, but only 55% of small business owners reported receiving the money. Borrowers were told there was a technical glitch, but the Small Business Administration would not answer…

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Posted in Analysis Elections Pro Publica Vote by mail Voter suppression

Voting misinformation flourishes on Facebook

“Outright Lies” While the social media giant says it opposes voter suppression, the data shows a stark picture: Nearly half of all top-performing posts that mentioned voting by mail were false or misleading. by Ryan McCarthy…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Investigations Pro Publica While we were looking elsewhere

Different names, same address: How big businesses got government loans meant for small businesses

ProPublica found at least 15 large companies that received over half a billion dollars in PPP loans using the same technique: Getting multiple loans sent to smaller entities they own. by Paul Kiel and Jack Gillum…

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Posted in Analysis Banks Pro Publica Racism

Trump Financial Regulator Quietly Shelved Discrimination Probes Into Bank of America and Other Lenders

At least six investigations into discriminatory mortgage loan “redlining” have been halted or stalled — against staff recommendations — under the Trump administration’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. by Patrick Rucker, The Capitol Forum…

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President Donald Trump visiting the U.S.-Mexico border along the Rio Grande in January 2019, not far from where a builder backed by his supporters later erected a border wall. (Leah Millis/Reuters)
Posted in Border Wall Immigration Investigations News Pro Publica

Trump Says He “Disagreed” With privately funded border wall, So why did his Administration award the builder $1.7 billion in contracts to erect more walls?

President Trump now claims this privately funded border wall — touted as the “Lamborghini” of fences — was built to “make me look bad,” even though the project’s builder and funders are Trump supporters. by Perla…

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Gashes and gullies at the fence’s foundation show potentially dangerous erosion. (Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Border Wall Investigations News Pro Publica

Eroding private border wall to get an engineering inspection just months after completion

Months after the “Lamborghini” of border walls was built along the Rio Grande, the builder agreed to an engineering inspection of his controversial structure. Experts say the wall is showing signs of erosion that threatens its…

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A staff member of the Community Relations Service mediating at a march in Memphis in 2009. His jacket and hat displayed the Department of Justice seal. (Community Relations Service)
Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Civil Rights Pro Publica

How a Key Federal Civil Rights Agency Was Sidelined as Historic Protests Erupted

Launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, the Community Relations Service has been without a director and short-staffed during recent unrest. The Trump administration has repeatedly tried to eliminate the agency. by A.C. Thompson and Robert…

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Posted in Coronavirus Investigations News Pro Publica

One Federal Agency Was Suing Him for Fraud. Another Paid His Company Millions for Masks.

Court records show the federal government gave $20 million in contracts to a company partly controlled by a man with a history of shady business practices. by J. David McSwane Wednesday, July 8 Desperate to acquire…

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President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump taking questions about the Paycheck Protection Program with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on April 28. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Investigations News Pro Publica

Trump friends and family approved for millions in small business bailout

Beneficiaries of the PPP included a lettuce farming venture backed by Trump’s son, Kushner companies, and a dentist who golfs with the president. The figures were released after a lawsuit by several news organizations, including ProPublica….

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